mass weddings Bacolod Mayor Evelio Leonardia (5 th from left), Mark Mayo, Councilors Bart Orola, Elmer Sy, and Cindy Rojas, Vice Mayor El Cid Familiaran, Councilors Em Ang and Cano Tan (l-r) together with the 469 couples false a thumbs up after the mass wedding yesterday at the Bacolod City Government Center grounds*

Two senators call
for HFCS inquiry

Senators Juan Miguel Zubiri and Richard Gordon have filed a resolution calling on the appropriate Senate committee to conduct an inquiry in aid of legislation of the impact on the domestic sugar industry of the increasing importation of high fructose corn syrup.

They are also asking that the inquiry includethe need review policies of the government on the importation of HFCS to protect the interest of small farmers, agrarian reform beneficiaries and the domestic sugar industry.

They pointed out that HFCS is a processed sugar substitute derived from cornstarch and is commonly used by the food and beverage industry as a replacement, or in combination with table sugar or sucrose. moremoremore

Bishop rules on
Hua Ming controversy


Bacolod Bishop Patricio Buzon said yesterday litigation is not the most viable option to resolve ownership of the property on which the Queen of Peace Church in Bacolod City stands, because deciding with finality on the matter is not within the competence and prerogative of the Office of the Bishop.

Instead, the Diocese will uphold its obligation towards the conduct and growth of the Chinese Apostolate in Bacolod as envisioned by the donors of the property, Buzon said.

Faithful to the intent of the donor, the Diocese of Bacolod will initiate the process of establishing a personal Parish for the Chinese apostolate, he said. moremoremore


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CA grants Degamo TRO
versus dismissal order

Negros Oriental Gov. Roel Degamo yesterday said the Court of Appeals granted him a 60-day temporary restraining order against a dismissal order that has yet to be served on him.

This is the second time the CA has granted him a TRO for a graft case in connection with his alleged illegal use of the P480 million calamity fund from the national government for the province's infrastructure projects in 2012.

Degamo has denied any misuse of government funds and expects the CA to also grant him a permanent injunction soon..